Awards Show Gets Midas-ized

Ottawa (December 6, 2006)--Montreal-based Solotech recently used Midas' fledgling XL8 digital mixing desk to handle Governor General's Performing Arts Awards in Ottawa. The event marked the first time one of Midas' new desks have been used for a live TV broadcast. Richard Lachance, Solotech's vice president of international development, and Mario St-Onge, special projects director, sound department operated the XL8 for the show,
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Ottawa (December 6, 2006)--Montreal-based Solotech recently used Midas' fledgling XL8 digital mixing desk to handle Governor General's Performing Arts Awards in Ottawa. The event marked the first time one of Midas' new desks have been used for a live TV broadcast. Richard Lachance, Solotech's vice president of international development, and Mario St-Onge, special projects director, sound department operated the XL8 for the show,

Solotech's Richard Lachance (left) and Mario St-Onge were the first people to use a Midas XL8 digital console for a live broadcast."The XL8 performed extremely well as an audio mixing board," said Lachance. "A characteristic that sets it apart from the other digital consoles we use-all of which are great boards in their own right-is that it doesn't feel like a digital desk; the layout is appealing before you even consider the audio performance."

St-Onge noted, "We really enjoyed using the POP groups, which allowed us to manage the show without snapshots. The operator can immediately recall whatever page is needed at the touch of a button, rather than scrolling through the whole show. There were various presenters and special guests scheduled to appear on stage, and being able to switch between the various mics and mix settings in a split-second was great."

Lachance added, "Not all operators are 22-year old computer buffs, many of whom haven't heard how good a Midas preamp feels as it warms up under their finger on the fader. XL8 keeps the fun part of mixing intact. If someone tells me: 'you can operate this whole show off your laptop', I reply, 'Why would I want to do that?' That's not an alternative for me."

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